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Martin Austermuhle

Web Producer & Reporter

Austermuhle joined WAMU as a web producer and reporter in April 2013. Prior to that, he served as editor-in-chief for DCist.com, and has written for the Washington City Paper, Washington Diplomat and other publications. Born in Switzerland, Martin lived throughout Latin America before coming to the U.S. to attend Penn State University and later Georgetown University, where he received a Master’s degree in Latin American Studies. He lives in Columbia Heights with his wife Carolina, a school teacher, and and daughter.


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Only weeks after a woman gave birth to a healthy boy on the platform of the L'Enfant Metro Station, this morning a woman gave birth to a baby on I-270 south of Germantown. The baby girl was born on the side of the busy interstate just south of Exit 15 during the busy morning commute. Both mother and child were reported to be doing well and were transported to a local hospita...
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There's little better in life than a glass of fine wine, and for oenophiles, D.C. and Virginia are great places to be. Maryland, less so. A report from the American Wine Consumer Coalition puts both D.C. and Virginia at the top of its list in terms of how easily wine-lovers can p...
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Two D.C. ambulances caught fire Tuesday in a bad day for the city's emergency responders. The International Association of Firefighters Local 36, the union that represents D.C. firefighters, tweeted out images of the Ambulance 27 partially engulfed in flames as it responded to a call on Benning Road SE on Tuesd...
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The National Park Service is proposing a plan to reduce the white-tailed deer population in three national battlefield parks around Washington—by potentially shooting them. In a draft plan, the service says that it hopes to include the use of sharpshooters as part of an initiative to control the deer population at the Maryland battlefields of Antietam and Monocacy and the ...
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Only presidents and their families can live at the White House, but what if the iconic home were put on the market? The White House features 16 bedrooms, 35 bathrooms and 55,000 square feet of space, not to mention beautifully manicured lawns, a bowling alley and even a bunker. All those amenities would cost you, though. According to real estate website Zillow.com...
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An anti-sweatshop group has filed a lawsuit against the Metropolitan Police Department, accusing it of sending an undercover officer to infiltrate and monitor peaceful protests. According to the lawsuit, the undercover D.C. police officer, who went by the name Missy, took part in multiple peaceful protests organized by United Students Against Sweatshops from March to June. M...
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Last week on The Politics Hour Mayor Vince Gray again said that he hadn't yet decided if he was going to run for re-election, but if he did, he'd have an advantage he didn't have in 2010: he's now the incumbent. According to a new poll on the 2014 D.C. mayoral contest, that incumbency certain...
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Mayor Vince Gray isn't only undecided on the fate of a bill that would force Walmart and other large retailers to pay a living wage of $12.50 an hour, but he's also noncommittal on whether or not the city's minimum wage should be increased at all. "Whatever wages are going to be you're always going to have complaints, and where I see it you're going to have to balance those ...
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Students at C.W. Harris Elementary School in Ward 7 recently posted some impressive gains in standardized tests, showing improvements in math proficiency of 11.9 percent and reading proficiency of 13.1 percent. The school isn't an outlier, though: Malcolm X Elementary School in Ward 8 reached 13.1 percent in math and 20.2 percent in reading, and Nalle Elementary School in Wa...
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An infant at L'Enfant! Metro Transit Police tweeted out this morning that a baby was safely delivered on the platform of the L'Enfant Metro station. Metro officials say that mother and child—it's a boy!—are healthy and have been transported to a local hospital. According to a Metro spokesman, 23-year-old mother Shavonnte Taylor went into labor on a Greenbelt-bound ...
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Council member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) is leading the D.C. mayoral money race, laying claim to $465,272.30 in campaign contributions from May through the end of July. According to campaign finance reports, Bowser's campaign has been frugal, spending only $40,317.05 in that time, leaving her with $424,955.25 for the march towards the ...
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It only took 5,382 days—just shy of 15 years—but medical marijuana is finally on sale in the District. On Monday afternoon the first legal sale of medical marijuana in the city took place since D.C. voters approved an initiative in 1998 legalizing the drug's use for medicinal purposes. D.C. joins eighteen states in allowing patients suffering from certain conditions to u...
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The District already has 50 red light cameras and more than 100 speeding cameras, all of which mean big money for the city’s treasury. But in a letter to D.C. legislators on Monday, the D.C. Bicycle Advisory Council and the Pedestrian Advisory Council said that the cameras have made ...
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There were cheers of support when D.C. Mayor Vince Gray announced a deal for a $300 million D.C. United stadium this week. But some legislators are warning that it's not a done deal. The devil is in the details, they say. And when it comes to the deal that Gray has negotiated with D.C. United, there are plenty of devils hiding in the 17-page agreement that he signed with team ...
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A former campaign aide to D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has been sentenced for his role in the troubled 2010 mayoral campaign. Thomas Gore pleaded guilty last year to illicitly funneling money to a minor mayoral candidate and then destroying evidence of the payments. The money went to Sulaimon Brown, who regularly attacked then-Mayor Adrian Fenty on the campaign trail....
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It's that time of year again: the National Zoo's panda may—or may not be—pregnant. The zoo announced today that Mei Xiang's urinary progesterone has spiked since mid-July, indicating that she may just give birth to another panda cub within the next 40 to 55 days. Or not. Panda procreation is a surprisingly complex science, and many pandas experience pseudopregn...
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No one denies that Washington’s skyline is iconic: from most places in town, you can see the Washington Monument or U.S. Capitol. That’s thanks to a 100-year-old law that limits building heights, keeping them to between 90 and 160 feet, depending on the part of town. But Washington's population is also growing, and local officials say the congressionally imposed height r...
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D.C. Mayor Vince Gray today announced an agreement with professional soccer team D.C. United to help build a 20,000-seat, $300 million stadium at Buzzard Point in Southwest D.C. As part of the plan, D.C. would put $150 million worth of land and infrastructure improvements towards the project, with the team's ownership picking up the tab for the building the new stadium, whic...
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A federal panel is kicking off a second round of public hearings Wednesday on whether to allow buildings in the District to grow taller. Under a law dating back to the early 1900s, buildings in D.C. can't grow beyond 160 feet — roughly 15 stories. But now the National Capital Planning Commission and D.C.'s Office of Planning are exploring just how the city would change if th...
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Virginia's gubernatorial contenders have spent plenty of time sniping at each other on the campaign trail, but this weekend they'll get a first shot to snipe at each in person. Republican contender Ken Cuccinelli and Democratic hopeful Terry McAuliffe will take part in a 90-minute debate on Saturday hosted by the Virginia Bar Association and the PBS Newshour. The debate will b...